Something strange happened last night. I had a weird, stressful dream. Now nightmares are not uncommon for me, I haven’t slept well since like 2016 I think. What was strange was that any stressful situation my mind created, my mind resolved in the dream. And it did not wake me up. Normally I am being chased by something, falling or something violent is happening and that wakes me up. My dream involved a plan crash in open water and it still did not wake me up.
So let’s break this dream down as problem and resolutions in chronological order.
Problem #1: I was called to fly immediately to Hong Kong for work. I did not have time to pack or anything, I had to go to the airport with my hand bag. This was super stressful for something like me who loves to over plan (not to mention over pack) trips.
Resolution #1: I DMed my uni friend in Hong Kong and she agreed to help me once I got there.
Problem #2: My plane crashed into water next to the run way (I’ve never been to Hong Kong, so don’t shoot me if this is not actually possible). The fuselage split on impact and started filling with water.
Resolution #2: I was rescued and there were no injuries/causalities from that crash
Problem #3: I was in the terminal, lost without my belongings/phone and was not sure how to contact that uni friend or anyone with regards to money or anything.
Resolution #3: I ran into 2 of my friends from Singapore in the terminal and they helped me out.
And that was the end. It’s like there were 2 parts of my brain, one trying to push play up my anxiety issues and push me into stressful helpless situations, and another that was actively fighting it. Honestly, when i woke up an recalled the dream, it was a great feeling. It’s like finally after all this time, after working on my mental health, my brain is being rewired. For once my mind is actually on my side. That made me truly happy.
Happiness, that’s another thing that’s a bit foreign to me, but I am learning to embrace it. Just being happy, without feeling guilty or worrying about what comes afterwards or thinking about how to improve on this joy.